Barbara is a reporter on the investigations team who digs deep into a host of topics, hoping to break new ground and uncover injustices.

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A look at the Pa. and N.J. residents who received last-minute White House pardons

The list includes Salomon Melgen, who stood trial alongside Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) in a corruption and bribery case and Gary Hendler, a Philly radio host now on Gov. Wolf's drug council.

On Small Business Saturday, a Philly baby boutique symbolizing ‘hope and love’ debuts amid new city COVID-19 restrictions

"We have to learn to adapt to change," said Tina Dixon Spence, owner of Buddha Babe in West Mount Airy. She had to scrap a more elaborate planned grand opening due to new city "Stay at Home" urgings.

An additional 13 allege they were sexually assaulted as children by Devereux staff

The lawsuit comes after a recent Inquirer investigation detailed how staffers at the leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth abused children for years while red flags were ignored.

Devereux spent public money to open shelters for migrant children, then dropped its plans

The reversal comes in the wake of an Inquirer investigation that detailed how the organization repeatedly failed to protect children in its care from male staffers who sexually abused them.

Philly to remove 53 kids from Devereux’s live-in facilities after it finds lax supervision

After finding lax supervision, the city has decided to remove all 53 Philadelphia children from Devereux residential facilities.

Eagles fans abide by tailgating ban. Is this still Philly?

To help keep the coronavirus at bay, the city prohibited tailgating in parking lots around Lincoln Financial Field and in nearby FDR Park. And, shockingly, Philly stayed away.

Devereux to conduct an independent safety audit of its children’s programs on the heels of Inquirer investigation

Devereux Behavioral Health hired former U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to conduct a safety audit after the investigation found lapses that led to a history of sexual abuse of children.

As the state investigates ‘heinous abuse,’ Philly Council calls for removal of children from Devereux

After an Inquirer investigation, Philadelphia has stopped sending children to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Meanwhile, state officials are probing allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.

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Staff abused children for years at the nation’s leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth — while red flags were dismissed

Inquirer investigation: Lapses in supervision, staffing, and training at Devereux over the last two decades led to the abuse of children with disabilities and disorders.

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‘This is the moment:’ At a West Philly church, hard-earned progress in a multifront battle

Beset by gun violence, coronavirus, and systemic racism, members of the Church of Christian Compassion lead a call for change, and they’re hopeful that America is listening.